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A March 2000 trip to Venice by jwagner

Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: Lose the map for a few minutes, cross into a narrow street and just start walking until you get lost. It's the best way to sample all that Venice has to offer: great food, a beautiful setting, wonderful shopping, terrific photo ops, and an interesting cultural lesson

Lost in Venice: Where the heck am I>

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Take a taxi ride down the grand canal. It's cheaper than a gondola ride (although everyone should do that once, too). Feed the pigeons at St.Mark's Square. Don't worry about mussing yourself up. It'll all wash off. Cruise the bars for cicheti (Italian bar food) that rivals Spain's Tapas. Take a boat ride to Murano to see the glass blowers. Visit Chiesa die FrariQuick Tips: Venice is a difficult city to navigate so don't bother to try unless you are here on a day trip or feel compelled to see EVERYTHING in the city. Although walking the streets of Venice is fun--and a tempting way to see the sites--use the inexpensive water taxis to hit the major sites like St. Mark's Square and the Guggen...Read More
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Very basic, clean rooms with private showers/toilets and a lovely breakfast room. The main draw is its proximity to the train station, a good place to settle in after a tiring train trip. Easy access to Grand Canal (less than a block away) and friendly staff.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2000

Hotel Florida
CALLE PRIULI 106
Venice, Italy 30121
39 041 715253

Alberto's Osteria

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Restaurant

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Alberto's was our first stop on a pub crawl through Venice, a great way to spend an evening with friends. Alberto's isn't really a restaurant or a bar, but it has several tables, a full menu of drinks and--best of all--wonderful appetizers. We enjoyed meat balls, fried vegetables, eggplant, cheeses, several salads and bite sized seafood. Everything was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. Alberto let us climb behind the food counter, peer into the big cooler and pick and choose what we wanted. He gave us plenty of samples. The crowd was a colorful mix of locals and in-the-know tourists.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2000

Alberto's Osteria
Near Campo San Lio
Venice, Italy
+39 522-9038

Murano

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Attraction

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Six hundred years ago, the Venetian government moved its prized glass blowing industry to an island in the middle of the lagoon. The reasons are varied: some say it was to keep the carefully trained craftsman employed here (so much for benefits programs to do that); others say it was because the wood-burning ovens would so combustible that people worried locating the studios in Venice would result in numerous, damaging fires. Whatever the reason, Murano glass is now prized around the world (proud Venetians will tell you that Baccarat glass, in France, was actually started by a Murano blower who left Italy. Three things make a trip to Murano special: 1) The boat ride out to the island, a wind-in-your-f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2000

Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Attraction | "St. Mark's Square"

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St. Mark's is surrounded by a rich mixture of architecture and is filled with tourists and the pigeons who love them. The square is the size of nearly two football fields and includes buildings of Renaissance and Baroque design. Napoleon left his fingerprints on this place with his offices. Have a cup of coffee or a beer (an expensive repast) at one of the outdoor cafes or spend about 2,000 lire for a bag of pigeon seed and then watch hundreds of the winged rats attack you ala the birds when you open up the sack. A great scene.

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St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy 30124

A bad start; a great time

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Selections from my journal. People interested in other parts of my trip may want to read my entries on attacking Europe in two weeks, under Munich. The night before our arrival in Venice was a beer-soaked farewell to Munich at the Hofbrauhaus. The five of us slept fitfully on the train, waking up from cloudy dreams fueled by too much bier. I woke up in time to change trains in Verona and then watched the Venetian countryside through bleary eyes. Thick fog shrouded the landscape as we approached Venice. Every few miles, we stopped to pick up finally dressed workers on their way to the city. By the time we arrived at the station the train was packed. A good reason why you should always c...Read More

Scenes from the streets of Venice

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Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
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Even in March, the streets of Venice were crowded by mid-morning. It's wonderful to watch this city of canals come alive. Forgive me if I insult you with common knowledge, but Venice was built on a lagoon and its main arteries are made of water. The boat is used for all types of transportation: hauling groceries, and garbage, and great casks of wine. We saw boats with chairs and caskets and a half-dozen nuns, sipping small glasses of wine. The Italian people dress impeccably and the side streets of Venice are decorated with the laundry of people who hang their fine clothing out to dry. Everywhere we went, Italian men and women were chatting on cell phones (we were told that for some, it was the...Read More